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Nine Liars – Mysterious Galaxy In Person Event

January 5, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

Holly Black & Maureen Johnson,
discussing THE STOLEN HEIR 

A Ticketed In-Store Event!

This ticketed event (limited to 200 people max) will consist of a 30-minute discussion with Holly Black & Maureen Johnson, a question and answer section, and lastly the book signing portion. Only those with tickets may attend the event.


A purchase of THE STOLEN HEIR or NINE LIARS through Mysterious Galaxy will grant you access to this in-store event. 1 copy (of either THE STOLEN HEIR or NINE LIARS) grants 1 person entry to the event. If you will be having additional people attend with you, an additional copy (of either THE STOLEN HEIR or NINE LIARS) must be purchased per the number of individuals attending. Add a copy of THE STOLEN HEIR and/or NINE LIARS to your cart and select the pickup option under the “Calculate Shipping Cost” section of the checkout screen. Let us know that you’re planning to attend in the order comments, along with any desired personalization (i.e., “To Mysty”).

Note: If you are planning to attend from outside California, please put the store’s address (3555 Rosecrans St, Suite 107A, San Diego CA 92110) as the shipping address when checking out to activate the “pickup in store” option!


Your Purchase of a copy of THE STOLEN HEIR or NINE LIARS includes:

  1. An Attendee Ticket for the event.
  2. Access to the signing portion after the author discussion.
  3. Orders of THE STOLEN HEIRA will also receive an exclusive bookmark and enamel pin (while supplies last!)

Entry to the event does not guarantee a seat, as seating will be limited. Please arrive early if you wish to secure a seat.

Copies of Holly Black and Maureen Johnson’s backlist of books will also be present for purchase at the event. After the discussion, we’ll line everyone up so they can get their books signed/personalized.



  • We will have customers line up by assigned ticket numbers (these numbers are issued in order from purchase date)
  • Long quotes or sentences will note be possible.
  • During the signing portion candid photos are permitted, but no posed photos.


Each person attending the event is permitted to have any number of the two featured event titles (THE STOLEN HEIR and NINE LIARS), and up to three (3) additional non-event titles per author signed/personalized. If you have additional books you would like signed/personalized, you will need to wait until other attendees with the event titles have gone. Depending on time and author availability, you may have the other books signed/personalized at that point.


*Masks are required for all in-person attendees. We will have masks for any that may forget theirs.*


How to Order a Signed/Personalized Book (and secure an exclusive enamel pin and bookmark while supplies last) from Holly Black if you’re not attending the event

  1. Add any of her available books to your cart.
  2. At checkout in the “order comments” box write “signed only” or to whom your book should be personalized (i.e. “To: Ms. Galaxy”). Long quotes or sentences will note be possible. Orders must be placed by 12pm pt on the day of the event (January 5th). Please call the store if you wish to purchase a book, or add/alter personalization to an existing order, after this time.
About the Authors
HOLLY BLACK is the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of fantasy novels, including the Novels of Elfhame, THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, the Spiderwick Chronicles, and her adult debut, BOOK OF NIGHT.  She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library.
MAUREEN JOHNSON is the #1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than a dozen young adult novels, including the Truly Devious series, the Shades of London series, SUITE SCARLETT, and 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES. Her collaborative books include GHOSTS OF THE SHADOW MARKET (with Cassandra Clare), as well as LET IT SNOW (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), which was also a hit feature film on Netflix. Her books have sold more than three million copies worldwide and have been published in more than thirty countries.  She grew up in Philadelphia, graduated from the University of Delaware and has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University.  Maureen lives in New York City with her husband and dog.
A runaway queen. A reluctant prince. And a quest that may destroy them both.
Eight years have passed since the Battle of the Serpent. But in the icy north, Lady Nore of the Court of Teeth has reclaimed the Ice Needle Citadel. There, she is using an ancient relic to create monsters of stick and snow who will do her bidding and exact her revenge.

Suren, child queen of the Court of Teeth, and the one person with power over her mother, fled to the human world. There, she lives feral in the woods. Lonely, and still haunted by the merciless torments she endured in the Court of Teeth, she bides her time by releasing mortals from foolish bargains. She believes herself forgotten until the storm hag, Bogdana chases her through the night streets. Suren is saved by none other than Prince Oak, heir to Elfhame, to whom she was once promised in marriage and who she has resented for years.

Now seventeen, Oak is charming, beautiful, and manipulative. He’s on a mission that will lead him into the north, and he wants Suren’s help. But if she agrees, it will mean guarding her heart against the boy she once knew and a prince she cannot trust, as well as confronting all the horrors she thought she left behind.


Senior year at Ellingham Academy for Stevie Bell isn’t going well. Her boyfriend, David, is studying in London. Her friends are obsessed with college applications. With the cold case of the century solved, Stevie is adrift. There is nothing to distract her from the questions pinging around her brain—questions about college, love, and life in general.

Relief comes when David invites Stevie and her friends to join him for study abroad, and his new friend Izzy introduces her to a double-murder cold case. In 1995, nine friends from Cambridge University went to a country house and played a drunken game of hide-and-seek. Two were found in the woodshed the next day, murdered with an ax.

The case was assumed to be a burglary gone wrong, but one of the remaining seven saw something she can’t explain. This was no break-in. Someone’s lying about what happened in the woodshed.

Seven suspects. Two murders. One killer still playing a deadly game.


January 5, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST